I have been a webmaster for over a decade, and sometimes I take things for granted. One of those things is how easy things are to fake.
Someone told me the other day about a product they bought. Their main trigger was a sales page screen shot. When I told them it could be faked in minutes I was given a look of disbelief. This is so easy, I thought I should show you so you can be a little more skeptical when you are spending your hard earned cash.
In this example I will use PayPal. You can try this with any site.
Step 1 – Sign in.
Sign in to your paypal account and wait for the balance screen to appear.
Step 2 – Save An Archive
I do this using Safari, when the save as dialog comes up I choose “save as source”. This saves a local copy of the page on my hard drive while still calling the images from paypal.
Step 3 – Find and Replace
Open your newly saved HTML document with notepad or another text editor. Using the replace function find your existing balance and replace it with your desired fake balance.
Step 4 – Open in Browser
Voila! I am now rich enough to sell you a $47 ebook that tells you to buy adwords.
Think this can’t be faked on video?? Think again!
All someone needs to do is use tabbed browsing, have the paypal login screen in one tab and the fake screen in the other. When they click login they can use a key command to change tabs. Even when the video shows you the address bar, some creative editing is all that’s required. Paste the url of your real balance screen over the local address and don’t press enter. This stuff is basic for the scam artists out there.
Why Am I Showing You This??
Because I am tired of seeing people get ripped off. This is no secret, it’s easy for anyone with limited knowledge to figure this out. Thousands of people already use fake screenshots to sell you stuff. All I want is for you to be aware this stuff is easy to fake and NEVER make a decision or be influenced to buy based on a screenshot!
Be aware and be skeptical.